Clogged Toilet 101: How to Avoid the Top Home Plumbing Mistakes
While there are many plumbing jobs homeowners can handle, it is important to know your strengths and weaknesses in do-it-yourself work. Even fixing a clogged toilet may lead homeowners down a path that ends with damaged pipes and costly repairs. Here are the top three plumbing mistakes homeowners make and how you can avoid them.
Underestimating Faucet Repair
Even the smallest leaks waste a great deal of water when ignored, so homeowners have every reason to try fixing the problem. Unfortunately, it is easy to underestimate this job. Once you size up the type of replacement parts you need for a kitchen or bathroom faucet, you have to make sure you have the right tools and expertise to finish the job.
Home improvement stores in the northern Atlanta suburbs sell repair kits for most faucet types, but this job often wastes more of a homeowner’s time than you’d expect. For example, single-handle faucets require careful measurements when you’re looking for replacement parts. A professional plumber already has the tools and parts to make quick faucet repairs that don’t run you a high repair bill.
Incorrectly Fixing a Clogged Toilet
The most common type of plunger is meant for use on sinks, but many people use these cup plungers to clear clogs in household toilets. Problems arise immediately because air enters the suction area, which prevents you from clearing the clog. Only use flange plungers with the extension that fits into a toilet drain to clear a clog.
Another common mistake with toilet and sink clogs is turning to chemical drain cleaners. These toxic cleaners are dangerous to your eyes and skin. They give off fumes that trigger breathing problems and will kill humans and pets if swallowed. Once you get to the point where a plunger won’t fix the clog, call in a plumber rather than using toxic cleaning agents.
Falling Into the S-Trap
If you are more experienced in remodeling projects and are considering replacing sink lines in your bathroom project, do not make the common mistake of installing S-trap sink drains. The S-trap drains do not have the proper venting needed for bathrooms and sewer systems. As a result, you may allow dangerous sewer gases to enter your home.
Choosing a functional P-trap will give you the water barrier that delivers the proper ventilation for your bathrooms. Repairing a P-trap drain later is also easier, so avoid installing an S-trap during renovations.
Common DIY plumbing mistakes may begin with a clogged toilet or something more complicated. To avoid hassles and higher repair bills, let Casteel’s plumbing experts handle the job quickly.